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Water plan needs input

While you're draining the aquifer by watering your lawn, consider attending a public meeting about the South Central Texas (Region L) Water Plan, July 21 at 7 p.m. at the Marriott Plaza Hotel, 555 S. Alamo.

The draft plan is one of 16 in the state that proposes strategies to meet Texans' water demands for the next 50 years.

According to a new report by the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, south-central Texas needs to conserve water more aggressively and expand its groundwater storage to meet future demand.

Region L officials are considering desalinization, pipelines, and pumping from adjacent aquifers and watersheds to provide water to Bexar County. Last month, San Antonio Water System CEO David Chardavoyne withdrew from the proposed $859 million Lower Guadalupe River Supply project, which would have pumped water from resources near the Gulf Coast through a pipeline to San Antonio; SAWS customers would have paid $763 million of the cost.

The public comment period began June 18 and ends September 21. To read more about the plan and Bexar County's water needs, go to

Cop goes to court

A court date of August 2 has been set for former San Antonio Police officer Dean Gutierrez. The 16-year SAPD veteran was arrested July 5 and charged with aggravated sexual assault after DNA evidence implicated him in the rape of a 22-year-old while Gutierrez was on duty June 10. The alleged victim is a self-described transsexual who lives as a woman.

At a press conference, Police Chief Albert Ortiz said that Gutierrez has been fired, thereby ending his career as a traffic officer with the SAPD. "The citizens in this community deserve to trust every police officer on the street," said Ortiz. "When something like this happens, of course, trust is destroyed."

Same-sex marriage forum set

The Bexar County Amendment Coalition hosts a forum Saturday, July 16 to discuss House Joint Resolution 6, the Texas Marriage Amendment, which, if passed, would make same-sex marriage unconstitutional in the state.

The forum is scheduled for 2:30-4:30 p.m. at the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center, 922 San Pedro. Info:

- Nicole Chavez

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